INHOUSE

Bespoke

At INHOUSE we offer a bespoke service for recruiting and supplying the very highest calibre of domestic and household staff to a discerning clientele.

Experienced

We have over twenty five years experience within the domestic staff recruitment industry, we place candidates both in the UK and worldwide. We pride ourselves in building a relationship with our clients and candidates.

We only put forward applicants who have a minimum of two years experience and with excellent references.

Specialist

We specialise in the highest calibre of household staff.

We can help you whether you are a client looking for household staff or a candidate seeking work.

Whatever your staffing needs we are here to help you.

  • Butlers
  • Chauffeurs
  • Chefs
  • Daily Maids
  • Estate Managers
  • Housekeepers
  • House Managers
  • Governess
  • Nannies
  • Personal Assistants
  • Secretaries

About Us

INHOUSE was set up in 2000 by Mary Dobson, who has been working in the industry since 1994.

We offer a discreet, bespoke service for discerning employers within private households and prestigious private establishments. We specialise in the very highest calibre of domestic staff on a full time, part time or on a temporary basis both in the UK and Internationally.

We can assist with all staffing needs, however large or small. We have successfully supplied candidates to professional city-dwelling families, working country estates, stately homes, holiday villas and ocean going yachts.

How We Work

We offer a quality service to both clients and staff and will not waste your time by sending unsuitable applicants nor waste the applicant’s time by sending them for unsuitable posts.

After establishing your requirements we provide you with a selection of suitable candidates from our extensive database. For each candidate we endeavor to produce résumé outlining a candidate’s details and include a photograph. Once you have chosen the right candidates we will arrange the interviews on your behalf.

Safeguards

All our applicants have gone through our rigorous process of personal interview, reference and previous employment history verification. They must have at least two years experience and / or relevant professional qualifications. We ensure that all applicants have legal rights to work in the UK.

All written references are personally verbally endorsed before any candidate would be considered for any suitable vacancy.

We pride ourselves on attention to detail and being fully up to date with all aspects of domestic service employment issues.
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It is our policy to follow up on our candidate’s progress and we are always available to discuss any issues, should the need arise. We offer a guarantee period during which we offer replacement staff as detailed in our Terms of Business.

Why Choose Us?

Through our knowledge in the industry, and are extensive contacts and attention to details, we have developed a strong reputation in excellence. We pride ourselves in our friendly, personal touch and take the time to build a strong relationship with our clients. Much of our business derives from personal recommendations.

Recent Vacancies

Residential cook/housekeeper – London SW1

Looking for a new live in housekeeper/cook principle is flexible to 5.5 days a week (first choice) to 5 days a week. Salary is £550-£600 net per week.  Location Chester Square SW1 Victoria.

Key job duties are:-

-Making Indian and European food; good home cooking standard. Healthy cooking and some kids food.

– setting table

– washing dishes

– serving tea/coffee/snacks

– Looking after laundry for kitchen and some ironing when free

– keeping kitchen stock organised writing shopping lists passing to Madam or PA to order more supplies for kitchen and cleaning products

  • Days and hours of work – 5 days or 5.5 days hours 7am – 7pm with breaks. Half day would be 7am – 1pm. Days on rota basis tends to be same days off each week agreed on commencement of employment.
  • Accommodation is private bedroom and bathroom in residence.
  • Benefits:- All food is free on duty, 20 days holiday plus stat bank holidays, government pension scheme, monthly pay is end of month last day with payslip by BACS.
  • House has 1 Labrador very friendly and 3 kids another on the way.
  • Other staff:- 2 live in housekeeper/nannies plus one part time male house manager. There is an existing chef she is elderly and will be retiring soon.

-Indian/Nepalise/Sri Lankan or any person that can cook this style food –  candidate ideally preferred due to cooking skills needed.

– Needs to have ILR ideally or British passport or suitable long term work visa.

Job is to start as soon as possible but will wait for right person if on notice period. Would be good to do a paid trial so should be open to this.

 

£600 net per week

Couple to work in Hampshire

Experienced, full-time, live in domestic couple required to partner with our existing domestic couple and work with other household team members including a House Manager, Chef, daily cleaners, Nanny and 4 gardeners.

 The family consists of 2 principals, and they have 4 children between 9 and 16. The property is used for weekends, school holidays and during Christmas.

 Between the two of you, the following responsibilities would be shared: 

 Heavy housekeeping such as changing lightbulbs, changing plugs and cleaning internal windows

 Cleaning outside areas/furniture

 Serving the family both informal & formal dinner settings (chef does not serve).

 Driving the principals when required

 Assisting with overseeing the contractors

 Daily housekeeping

 Wardrobe Management

Washing, laundry and ironing to a high standard

Checking stock levels for housekeeping supplies

 Assisting the chef with washing up, preparing light snacks, juices and smoothies

Cleaning and assisting with a special and very large collection of cars (vintage and supercars)

Ad hoc tasks and errands as required

Willing to learn and be trained. This is a position for 2 people that will work well in small team, and who both take pride in their work.

You’ll both be hardworking, like to produce results, hands on, good eye for detail, diligent and reliable.

Able to follow instructions and use your initiative and are people who like to contribute – striving for perfection.

A good level of both written and spoken English is essential, one of you must be a very confident driver. DBS check will be required.

Accommodation: 2-bedroom cottage  away from the main house. Pets welcome.  Would help if one half of the couple drove as it is rurual.

Days/Times

Monday – 8:00 – 16:30

Tuesday – 8:00 – 16:30

Friday – 10:30 – 21:30

Saturday – 13:00 – 22:30

Sunday – 12:00 – 21:00

As you know this is a weekend Estate. They tend to go to USA in summer but do use this Hampshire estate at Christmas, so staff need to be there.

Start ASAP.

 

Excellent

House Manager, Lake Como Italy

Villa Manager – Lake Como

 

Period of Employment – May to October 2022 (possibility to be extended)

Standard Hours – 8 hours per day, 6 days per week during bookings. Maybe required to work longer hours if needed. More flexible on weeks when there are no bookings.

Job Description – This individual, with excellent interpersonal and managerial skills, will be client facing and responsible for ensuring the optimal guest experience. They will have responsibility for managing and co=ordinating on-site staff and ensuring the property operates to the highest of standard at all times.

Tasks:

  • General management of the operation of the property and its rental activity
  • Interaction with guests and ensuring that they receive top level service at all times
  • Management of chef, caretaking staff, cleaning staff and any other staff that may be working at the property at any given time – allocating tasks, managing their schedules and ensuring the team works seamlessly together
  • Ensuring the villa is presented at the requisite level at all times during guests stay including making sure it is presented in line with the interior designer’s specifications
  • Accounting – Management of expenditure, reconciling accounts and reporting to management team
  • Arranging transfers, boat excursions, restaurant bookings, massages, yoga instructors and any other requirements/additional services that guests request
  • Development and management of ancillary income strategy
  • Management of contractors regarding any works at the property

Salary 3500.00 euros per month.  Accommodation provided, flat in basement, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and sitting room. To start asap, Fluent Italian essential and English.

3500,00 euros net per month

Daily Housekeeper – Battersea, London

Daily Housekeeper / Battersea, London

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday (40 Hours)

Salary: £42k  Gross Per Annum

We are seeking a kind and friendly housekeeper who is naturally well-presented to work alongside 1 other housekeeper, in a beautiful duplex, penthouse apartment in Battersea.

The apartment is vast, and includes numerous bedroom suites, reception rooms, formal dining-room, family kitchen, expansive outdoor terraces etc.

The Patrons are retired, and wish to enjoy their home to the maximum, therefore they are looking for a focussed, motivated and conscientious housekeeper, who can work diligently, delivering practiced, high standards of housekeeping.

The Role: To maintain and apartment in pristine condition. Candidates must show enthusiasm for their work and exhibit a practiced, keen eye-for-detail, strive for perfect results and take the old fashioned approach that “if they do a job, it should be done properly”!

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that the apartment is perfectly presented;
  • Oversee all aspects of general housekeeping and deep cleaning, including care for fine furniture and surfaces, art, antiques, soft furnishings and the polishing of and care for all silver, brass, china, etc;
  • Flower arranging and decorations;
  • Shopping for food items and house supplies;
  • Laundry and ironing of clothing and linens;
  • Packing and unpacking for travel;
  • Maintaining the correct organization of closets and cupboards etc;
  • Light Cooking, helping to prep’ items for cooking, and/or preparing the occasional light meal;
  • Serving skills would be a plus.

Qualities

  • Flexibility to work overtime and weekends if needed.
  • Must be hands-on, with experience in museum-quality cleaning .
  • Candidates must have the ability to work independently or as part of a small team.
  • Excellent English and communication skills.
  • Hands on with good attitude, high energy, and strong work ethic.
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills.
  • Flexibility to work the very occasional Saturday (to cover the 2nd housekeeper).

Candidates need to be a good energetic all-rounder with a can do attitude. Discretion is a prerequisite, as are excellent communication skills along with flexibility and a calm nature.

Dress code: Smart working clothes, and house-shoes.

Tot start asap.

 

  1. If the housekeeper has a car and wishes to drive to work, secure parking is available in the property’s underground parking facility.

 

£42k per annum gross

Travelling Butler – House Manager

 

A “Travelling Butler and House Manager” is sought for our international client, to start ASAP

Based in Italy, The Travelling Butler and House Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day stewardship and provision of service in the households, providing strong leadership and “hands-on” support to fellow staff to ensure that the residences are always maintained and administered to exceptional standards.

The primary objectives of The Travelling Butler and House Manager is to ensure the comfort of The Principals, their family members, and guests, as well as provide proper coordination with the Chef, the day and evening staff, housekeeping, and sub-contractors, as well as making all arrangements for functions and events, while offering advice on potential improvements and maintenance projects.

You will be required to ensure that all the properties under your supervision are maintained and operated to a standard expected of The Principals. You will manage the day-to-day operations of the households including the aesthetic presentation of the interior and exterior. You will plan and assist in all service aspects required by The Principals and their family members while you will assist with the planning and coordination of “special events”.

You will be responsible for all domestic employees that work within your assigned portfolio and will be required to liaise with them to ensure tasks are carried out fluidly and effectively. This may include, housekeeping and maintenance staff, drivers as well as specialist contractors. In conjunction with existing management you will provide training to the staff either in-house or by hiring external professional training services. You will be required to communicate with all personnel to ensure a clear understanding of their work requirements and daily tasks. You will be responsible for staff morale, productivity and efficiency.

The Travelling Butler and House Manager is expected to lead the on-site team on a daily basis, in a ‘hands-on” capacity, and to ensure that staff are adequately supported and informed. This individual is expected to always maintain the highest levels of discretion and will be needed to work cooperatively with existing  Management, as well as The Principals EA’s who often accompany The Principals when they travel.

Applicants must:

  • Hold a valid driving licence
  • Have the legal right to live and work in Europe

SALARY

Salary: Excellent Salary & Benefits / D.O.E

CURRENCY

GBP, EUR

LOCATION

Italy (Puglia) & Europe

POSITION

“Travelling Butler and Housekeeping Manager”

ACCOMMODATION OFFERED

Yes

TYPE OF HOUSEHOLD

Professional / Philanthropist, Rural Location, Travelling

EXPERIENCE

5+ years

LANGUAGE

Multi Lingual with English

DRIVING LICENCE

Yes

PREFER NON SMOKER

Yes

VALID DBS

Yes

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Travelling Butler and House Manager is expected to actively plan and assist in all service required by The Principals, to include:

  • Oversee catering services, work with the Chef(s) and front of house team to create a seamless and timely service for all meals and guests, leading food service for all meals.
  • Setting the table for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Greeting of all guests and visitors.
  • Perform front of house service as needed for breakfast, lunch and dinner (in particular when entertaining) and assisting the chef in the kitchen
  • Assist with the planning, coordination and execution of special events (Including: dinner/cocktail parties), a proven sense of style and the aesthetic will be required for these occasions.
  • Manage and overview for all household services and deliveries, such as flower arranging and installation, food deliveries, alcohol and wine stock and food supplies and dry cleaning.
  • Work closely with the Principals EA with a view to cover for days off during high season.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the household systems such as; phone systems, Audio & AV, iPod docks, Apple TV / Apple music, speakers/sound system and Wi-Fi throughout the residence.
  • Overview of the efficient and effective operation of climate control throughout the residences and managing the pool temperature.
  • Ensuring adequate utilities are provided.
  • Arranging: entertainment; chauffeuring; shopping and other services if and as requested.

The Travelling Butler and House Manager is to manage and work with the Housekeeping Team whose key responsibilities are:

  • Ensuring that all housekeeping services are at the required standard (e.g. laundry; ironing; cleaning; morning guest room service; evening guest room service)
  • Cleaning the house on a daily basis including: Vacuuming, dusting, polishing silver, cleaning brass, cleaning furniture, upholstery, care of art and antiques, care of ceramics, cleaning crystal, cleaning windows, care of carpets, cleaning fireplaces, doors, architrave & skirting boards, mopping & waxing floors, moving & arranging furniture and turning mattresses.
  • Complete the morning service, which includes; making beds, ironing beds, opening curtains, removing clothing, checking & cleaning ensuite bathrooms, and checking bottled water stock.
  • Complete the night service: turning down beds, checking pillows, preparing hot water bottles, closing curtains, cleaning ensuite bathrooms, and preparing medication
  • Laundry and ironing including care of fine clothing, linens, bedding, tablecloths, towels and repairs to clothing as required. An essential part of the role is the laundering of the Principal’s clothes and having confidence with the washing and pressing of all delicate fabrics.
  • Cleaning the kitchen, washing glasses, china, cutlery, and cooking utensils
  • Floral arranging and landscaping.
  • Purchasing household supplies to maintain proper stock levels.
  • Packing and unpacking of clothing, accessories and jewelry for The Principals
  • Collation and checking of photographic inventories of the items being received and sent.
  • Maintenance of photographic household and clothing inventories, to include: room set-up, linens, table cloths, crockery, glassware, ceramics and silver.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Required Skills, Attributes & Experience

  • A real ‘Hands on Attitude’ gathered in a family orientated work environment
  • Children Friendly
  • Pet Friendly (there are 4 dogs at the estate in Italy)
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines whilst multitasking and prioritize the workload.
  • Highly flexible in nature.
  • Must be discreet, able to handle confidential information.
  • Reliable, honest and with an open nature.
  • Attention to detail must be prerequisite.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Able and happy to lead Front-of-House and Food & Beverage Service duties.
  • Patience, tact and a ready sense of humour.
  • An easy-going personality with a willingness to support and learn.
  • An excellent work track record is essential.
  • A good working knowledge of Windows with Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Willing to work out-of-hours.
  • Knowledge of etiquette and correct form of address.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Holding a valid Driving License (a safe driver is also important)
  • Possessing the legal right to work in Italy and travel in Europe

 

£75k

Housekeeper – live out Knightsbridge

We’re looking for a full time housekeeper for a substantial property in Knightsbridge. / The nearest station is Knightsbridge or South Kensington

The role is full time, five days a week, nine hours a day on a rota system.

The client is an UHNW lady with two teenage children, two dogs and a very busy life. She demands the highest standards, privacy and happy smiley people. She likes positive energy.

The house is not formal, however very, very high standards are kept.

The role includes all general house keeping duties, laundry, simple breakfast prep, very occasional cooking would be a bonus (although we have a chef). We are looking for someone with great experience at this level who can hit the ground running. A proven track record across multiple properties is a must.

The house is fully staffed with three housekeepers, head housekeeper, chef, drivers, security, maintenance and house manager. We muck in as a team and get the job done. We have a great positive core team and all get along really well. ​

We’re really looking for a great housekeeper, so we are willing to go higher in salary – right up to £50k for the right candidate, however, to achieve this top salary they must be truly top of their game. More realistically, we’d pay £40+ something, for a solid housekeeper with good all round skills and  the right can do attitude, who is prepared to learn skills when needed, and can show that they enjoy being part of a team

Note. The house does provide service throughout the day, so there is a shift system in place, 5 shifts per week (2 days off per week) each shift is 9 hours, weekends are shared, first shift starts at about 08:00, while the last shift starts at about 13:00 and finishes at 22:00. (Just occasionally there might be a 06:30 start)

The client loves staff who can show longevity and some nice work experience gathered in respected households and some deluxe hotel experience may be useful too

 

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